For a few years now I have craved one of those fancy coffee makers that make individual cups of coffee.
But I always resisted buying one.
I'm the only coffee drinker at our house, and I like to live really simply in terms of gadgets and such. For me, less is way better!
This past weekend at the International New Age Trade Show in Denver, I got to stay at a fancy hotel courtesy of my publisher, Llewellyn.
I was excited about the puffy towels, bazillon soft pillows—you could even order a live goldfish for your room, in case you got lonely!
But the most impressive to me, was they had these special coffee makers, just like I'd always wanted. Pop in the tiny sealed canister, push a button and your brew is ready!
I popped, I pushed, I sipped.
And then the wake up call arrived... I liked my home coffee better. The simple boil water, run it through a recycled paper filter, direct into the cup coffee style.
Rich, deep, perfect. Ahhhhhh!
Sometimes we think we want something, only to find our we really don't. In coffee, and in many aspects of our lives.
The good thing is, the Universe is well aware of what we think we want, and what we actually need to accompany us on our path of highest possibility.
Take a look at this in your own life today.
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I had the great delight in studying the novel Field of Dreams in college.
The ideas of that book—trust the guidance you receive, act on it—have also been my compass during this journey.
Yesterday I spend most of the day packing and shipping an enormous amount of preorders for my new book, Becoming Your Best Self (later retitled The Intuitive Path). There are still many more to process when I get back from the International New Age Trade Show in Denver.
Yes, it's old fashioned. Yes, it's time consuming.
But it has given me great joy to do something personal at this time.
To sign and wrap and address and mail, putting a little of my energy into each one, so that when you get your copy, you will feel it too.
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It's raining again. But the weekend was a glory of gentle sun.
We strolled the city of Independence (population 9000), where it is common to see giant farm tractors driving right down Main Street.
In the center of the town is a fountain, meant for dangling your fingers or even dipping a toe in.
And, for making wishes.
I did not have a wish to make that day...but from the corner of my eye I spotted an old, dented penny, laying on the pavement not far from the fountain.
I picked it up, closed my eyes, and wished that whoever's wish was on this penny... Whoever had a wish that needed to be granted... that this would come true.
Maybe it was yours? Maybe someone else's? In our connection as One, it doesn't really matter.
What affects one, affects All.
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I teach about syncronicites, or strands as I call them.
They used to arrive to me in extremely direct ways—seeing 40 El Caminos in one day, for example. Walking directly into the arms of the man who was to become my partner at a concert of 30,000 people, as another.
Very direct, can't-miss-it stuff.
You go around thinking the Universe is random and then this stuff happens and you know it isn't so.
Recently, a tweet by Iyanla Vanzant came into my feed. I noticed it in the way that you do. No big deal.
The next day later, I I saw she was going to be a guest speaker at INATS, where I was also going to be. So, that was weird.
By this time, I'm paying a little bit of attention. Not a lot. It's just on my radar.
The next day, I head into the twn of Independence Oregon, population 9,000. I get a croissant and latte at the local bakery. And on an absolute whim, I step into the tiny used book store that's been there for decades.
I have not been in that store for five years. But today, it's Iike a tractor beam is pulling me in. I can't stop myself.
I head back to the Spirituality and Self Help section, and here's where it gets weird. There's absolutely no one in the store, except in that particular aisle there's a woman standing exactly where I want to look.
It's very awkward!
I saw something like "I'm not trying to crowd you, I just like this section too".
And she says nothing.
She doesn't respond or move or nod or shrug.
Almost like—almost like she's not a human, or she's not really there.
Because this woman is standing where I want to stand, I have to stand in front of a different section. I look up, and I see a book and I pull the book off the shelf.
And of course this book is by Iyanla Vanzant.
I start laughing. I have no idea what any of it means, and it's not important.
I realize simply that I am in the midst of a strand, and I am being guided.
I buy the book.
I head outside into the sun and open the book to a random page, where I read "The only requirement for you to become a living example of faith is to work on yourself."
Which is the answer to the question I have been asking the Divine all week.
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Our perception is that one kind of energy is better than another...
We want to opt out of that which makes us feel frazzled, stressed, etc as if there's something inherently bad about certain energy.
Energy is energy. Lock into the hum, and get to know this.
Bask in it all.
The All of everything.
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It's taking some getting used to, this idea of being One.
It's easy to say "we are One."
But it's not easy to get used to the actuality of Oneness as this becomes part of our lives, namely via the digital age—in which we can and do connect instantaneously with anyone and everyone at any time
This new techno Oneness is part of the Shift.
It's training us to understand how intuition works...
In ten years, a hundred years—the technology will not be needed.
We'll just do it with our minds.
It sounds far-fetched, but as one who works in intuition, this is what is happening now.
And this is what is to come.
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I've been thinking lately about Oneness, interconnectivity and how social media or the internet in general has been a game changer.
The thing is, it's now impossible to get out of the game.
The connectivity was all there before; we just couldn't see it, hear it... We weren't cognizant.
But now, the game's on 24/7, in ways we can't get out of our mind even when we unplug, turn off, disengage.
We are cognizant of the energy of connection now, in a whole new way.
As I've started Twitter I've been intuiting or having the flash or hit of knowing about each person that I come in contact with. This has not been pleasant or desired.
It's similar to what happens when I or anyone goes into a crowd... All of the information about everyone just floods in.
Social media is a template or trainer for the bigger energy that's always been there.
It can't be turned off, because it's what we are.
There is discomfort, as we all move to this realization.
There's a particular rose bush that sweeps over an archway in our garden.
Most of the year, it's just a mass of green.
But at some point, a profusion of tightly held buds show up almost overnight, seemingly out of nowhere.
And a few days later, we awaken to the sweetest most heady perfume wafting in through the open windows.
The roses have bloomed, and it is a delirium of scent and color and beauty.
People are like this too.
One minute you're tight in the bud.
The next you're exploded into beauty—fully expanded in yourself.
Today, take a moment.
And consider what or how or when you will be blooming next.
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I saw a show at Northwest Dance Project yesterday in Portland, and got a chance to meet artistic director Sarah Slipper.
The performance was held in the company's rehearsal and teaching space, a big expansive room of grey and mirrors and windows and light.
The dancing was fabulous, dancers so close we could hear their ragged breathing, the way their feet slapped the floor, and at one point, the buzz of the most enormous bee I have ever seen, flying slowly, majestically across the air space if the stage.
Life's your dance.
We get this giant rehearsal space to try things out, but it's no rehearsal.
Everything is live.
Every moment is a choice to be expansive, wild, free, and fully present with exquisite attention to the moment.
Enjoy your dance today.
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I spent much of yesterday in a meadow of daisies, just sitting, being, listening to the birds and hum of insects, the sound of the wind in the grasses.
The energy was magical; a sense of tree spirits, Native spirits who once roamed this land, various energy forms, all hanging out in this meadow.
The light was very clear that day. Everything was in a kind of hyper focus... Nothing hidden from view.
Or so I thought.
When I looked at this photo, it surprised me! The way the light streams in like actual rays. And the misty bluish haze to the left, looking like a spirit from what I've seen of spirit photos.
There is much unseen in the seen world—the ways of God in a meadow.
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Lately, I've noticing a lot of folks feeling discomfort around change.
They're afraid to change.
They're afraid to move out of a status quo that isn't working—and that they know isn't working. This might be career, relationships, moving, anything.
I wonder why we become fearful, when it is time to change?
I wonder what is about group thought that sets us up to be afraid when we are making change?
Is it fear of failure? Well, of course we're going to fail repeatedly—many times in this lifetime. This is reality for all of us. So why is it a problem?
Is it fear of success? Do we fear that if we succeed, we'll have to let go of situations and relationships that aren't coming along for the ride? Again, we all know this is just how it works.
Understand that your comfort zone is temporary—that try as you might you simply can't stay in bed with covers pulled over your head—and that change and growth are the realities.
This can help, if you feel fear at the aspect of change.
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The last week's raced by so quickly, it's hard to even recognize it's gone.
What happens when time moves slowly, or time moves quickly?
In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, they called it the Time Warp.
That's a pretty good term for our illusionary experience of time.
Our experience of time changes with where we place our attention. This can include past memories, future thinking, over-busyness as distraction, or present consciousness.
You know—the Now.
Experiment with your time perceptions today. Explore If you're rushed, bored, have too much or too little to do.
Come back to the idea that It's all illusion.
You're really just right Here, right Now.
Might as well enjoy it.
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I've never understood the concept of completing a Bucket List.
Sure, I have things I want to accomplish in my life: I want to write lots more books, for example, and explore my ideas as they arrive.
But the idea of a long list that must be checked off... That seems to take the fun, and the mystery, out of everything.
Seems like Experience Hoarding, instead of simply allowing things to Flow.
So many times I've clearly thought I was heading one way, only to find the Universe had a very different direction in mind.
Switch course, continue.
I go where the energy is moving.
If it fits my plan, great.
If not, make a new plan.
Seems like the actual stuff of the human experience is so intense, so amazing, a very little bit goes a very long way.
I'm currently working on a book that's very close to me: The Four Passages of the Heart .
It's a book that teaches how to move into enlightement, we must first move through pain, compassion, connection and into love.
I'm crying a lot as I'm writing this book, and I'm feeling a lot of joy.
Both at the same time.
It's all about how the soul is expressed in the heart.
And I'm also listening to our new album, Radhe's Dream by Martyrs of Sound.
This is our 4th album, and I'm not sure how to describe it, except that it is perhaps the most emotionally evocative, heart-opening music I have heard in a very long time.
Emotions are a gift to us. It is a beautiful thing to feel.
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I'm not that fond of the Beatles.
I know... I'm the only one in the world who's not.
However, I've got to hand it to George, Paul, John and Ringo—.they were connected to Source in their creativity and their message, in a way that most people in their era didn't get yet.
Let it be, the lyrics of one of their most beloved songs, and the spiritual idea of Letting it Be are great ideas to hang your hat on today.
Everything's happening all around us. We're like this giant anthill of activity, vibration, noise, frequency... we're like ants swarming the planet. Even if you're still in a private, serene spot--this activity is still happening.
Expand that out to Universal level, and you realize that energy is always moving.
So let it be.
You're not in control of things, as much as you thought you were.
Relax. Breathe. It is okay not to be in control.
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